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Registration fee: $125 (pre-conference registrants will receive a $40 discount towards ISSOTL registration)

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND INQUIRY: A SCHOLARLY DISCUSSION

Pre-ISSOTL Seminar, Milwaukee WI October 19, 2011, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Seminar Convenors: Nancy Hensel (CUR, US) and Bill Campbell (CUR, US)

This symposium builds on the very successful meeting held before the ISSoTL conference in Liverpool last October (see http://www.cur.org/issotl/2010/materials.html). We have chosen three themes for the Milwaukee symposium:

  • Providing undergraduate research opportunities and collaborations across international boundaries
  • Building research experiences into first-year and introductory courses
  • Transforming curricula to include research and inquiry.

Participants will work through the pressing issues facing undergraduate researchers and programs in North America and the rest of the world through small group discussions.

Format
A mixture of invited mini-presentations, discussions, and poster sessions are planned. Much of the discussion will take place in small international groups.

Structure

Session Time Frame

Title

Presenters

8:30-11:30 am

Uncovering Tacit Knowledge and Assessing Students? Conceptual Mastery: How can Decoding the Disciplines Bridge Teaching and Research?

Decoding the Disciplines allows faculty to identify disciplinary assumptions and types of thinking that create “bottlenecks to learning.” Participants in this cross-disciplinary workshop will view videotapes of and learn to conduct decoding interviews, the key step in unlocking tacit knowledge. Having learned to decode the expert thinking, participants will explore assessment techniques that can show whether students have mastered the important skills and concepts needed to succeed in their disciplines.

Joan Middendorf, Arlene Diaz, David Pace & Leah Shopkow

Indiana University

8:30-11:30 am

Accelerating SoTL Through Academic Leadership

Higher education has undergone major changes over the past decades, calling for universities to develop teaching and learning. The SoTL-movement has mainly focused on individual teachers. Yet, some issues are of such complexity that they reach beyond the mandate of any single academic teacher and calls for attention also to leadership. Recently we studied the influence of leadership and academic micro-cultures in which academics live their professional lives (Roxå & Mårtensson 2011). This pre-conference workshop explores this influence on the SoTL-work of individual academics.

Katarina Mårtensson & Torgny Roxå

Lund University

12:30-2:30pm

Using Lesson Study to Investigate Teaching and Learning

This is a training workshop on how to do lesson study. Lesson study is a type of classroom inquiry in which several instructors jointly design, teach, observe, analyze and revise a single class lesson. The object of the study is to better understand how students learn what we try to teach them. Participants will explore lesson study practices, engage in lesson study exercises and discuss how to carry out lesson studies in your own classes.

William Cerbin

University of WI-
La Crosse

12:30-2:30pm

Tell me a story : Using Digital Reflections to Achieve Essential Learning Outcomes

Instructors from multiple disciplines will describe their success in implementing a SoTL project focusing on the significance of digital reflection in the achievement of student learning outcomes. Specifically, the project involves progressive student reflection activities using ePortfolios which culminate in a multimedia digital storytelling project. During the workshop presenters will provide evidence of the impact on student learning through sample ePortfolios and digital storytelling projects created by students, followed by interactive discussion.

Amy L .Mangrich & Rachel Baum

University of WI-Milwaukee

12:30-2:30pm

Using the Publishing Hook to Engage Faculty in Scholarly Teaching

Members of a SoTL work group offer this workshop as a blueprint for other centers and developers to implement in addressing certain pre-conceptions about SoTL work. We show how to use publication as the “hook” to get people interested in the scholarly teaching process. Activities include a review of what journals consider when evaluating manuscripts, a critique of sample manuscripts, completion of a SoTL project worksheet, and discussion of venues for publishing.

Ludwika A. Goodson, Stella C. Batagiannis, Michael Bendele, Gail Rathbun & Yvonne Zubovic

Indiana University, Purdue University, Fort Wayne

3:00-5:00pm

A Chorus of Student Voices in SoTL: Researching With (not preaching to) the Choir

This workshop will explore structures, practices, and theories for partnering with students in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We will highlight features of our co-inquiry programs addressing four themes: • Sustaining Structures • Communication Practices • Research Methods • Going Public as Partners Participants will have an opportunity to identify and apply emergent principles from this work to their own institutional contexts, including suggesting future directions and promising practices for SoTL partnerships with students. 

Peter Felten, Stephen Bloch Schulman, Maggie Castor, Scott Simkins, Karen Hornsby, Carmen Werder, Tyler Baxter, Kara Yanagida, Catherine Bovill & Alison Cook-Sather

Elon University

3:00-5:00pm

Designing Metacognitive Strategies for Student Learning across Disciplines

This workshop will explore structures, practices, and theories for partnering with students in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We will highlight features of our co-inquiry programs addressing four themes: • Sustaining Structures • Communication Practices • Research Methods • Going Public as Partners Participants will have an opportunity to identify and apply emergent principles from this work to their own institutional contexts, including suggesting future directions and promising practices for SoTL partnerships with students.

Rachel G. Ragland, Diane Angell, Kristin Bonnie, Steve Singleton, David Thompson & Kent McWilliams

Lake Forest College

3:00-5:00pm

SoTL Research to green the curriculum: Faculty collaborations to address sustainability's unfinished business

Although universities have been successful in “greening” campus operations, they have made less progress in creating curricular opportunities that truly engage students in learning “as” sustainability. This interactive workshop will describe SOTL research conducted by faculty developers that identified persistent challenges inherent in sustainability courses, share a faculty learning community approach used to address its key findings, and present information about how this SOTL approach has positively impacted sustainability curriculum development and course delivery.

Kevin Kecskes & Leslie McBride
Portland State University

Group work: International groups of 6-8 people

Posters
We are interested in posters about undergraduate research and inquiry, focussed on the three themes of the symposium:

  • Providing undergraduate research opportunities and collaborations across international boundaries
  • Building research experiences into first-year and introductory courses
  • Transforming curricula to include research and inquiry

Posters should not exceed 40 inches wide.  They should include Title, Author(s), name of institution(s), and a brief summary. We will hold at least one poster session during the pre-conference to enable participants to present their posters.

For technical specifications, please visit: http://www.cur.org/pre-ISSOTLposter.html. The Posters are a key aspect of the seminar and we hope that many attendees will produce a poster for the website and the Milwaukee event.

Registration will be combined with ISSoTL 2011 registration (http://issotl11.indiana.edu/registration.html). Delegates to the CUR seminar may register for it alone without attending the main ISSoTL Conference (see below for discount when registering for both).

Early booking is advised. Seminar Fee $125 includes lunch, refreshments and opening ISSoTL event (registration closes October 10, 2011). For delegates registering for the full ISSoTL conference at the same time the seminar fee is $85. All delegates need to pay in US dollars at the ISSoTL 2010 registration site. For detailed information on pricing please visit: http://issotl11.indiana.edu/registration.html

For information about traveling to the US, please visit: http://issotl11.indiana.edu/travel.html

Questions about the academic program may be made to the Seminar Convenors:
Nancy Hensel, Council on Undergraduate Research, US nhensel@cur.org 
William E. Campbell, University of Wisconsin River Falls wm.e.campbell@uwrf.edu

Details of the main International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference may be found at: http://www.issotl.org/conferences.html October 20-23, 2011.

The first collaborative effort was held at the seventh ISSOTL conference, held October 19-22, 2010, in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. Please visit the website for summary materials and outcomes from this pre-conference seminar.

 


 

 

 


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